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House passes budget 156-0

House passes budget 156-0

Spending in bill surpasses target set by Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE passed a $39.56 billion fiscal 2017 budget Wednesday afternoon, shipping its spending plan to the Senate which plans in May to debate its vision of what state spending should look like beginning July 1. The budget was approved after two-plus days of deliberations marked by light and sporadic(...)

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Retirement board ordered to give DiMasi $127,000

Retirement board ordered to give DiMasi $127,000

SJC says money contributed by ex-speaker before conviction

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER SALVATORE DIMASI, now serving out an eight-year prison sentence for federal corruption charges, is entitled to the return of about $127,000 in contributions he made into the state’s retirement system before his 2011 conviction, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday. The State Retirement Board suspended DiMasi’s pension in(...)

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Senate laying groundwork for millionaire’s tax

Senate laying groundwork for millionaire’s tax

'We need to rebuild the middle class,' Rosenberg says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Monday described to a breakfast crowd of organized labor representatives how the Senate’s work on education, transportation, and housing issues is laying the groundwork for a debate over a constitutional amendment adding a 4 percent surtax on incomes above $1 million. “We need to rebuild the middle(...)

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Deal struck on driver’s licenses for drug offenders

Deal struck on driver’s licenses for drug offenders

Sanctions for most to end; penalties remain for trafficking

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE GROUP OF lawmakers working since January to reconcile House and Senate versions of a bill to repeal what has been called a remnant of the war on drugs reached an agreement Tuesday, moving the bill closer to the governor’s desk. Under the conference committee report, the bill would end the(...)

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Emotional Baker signs opioid legislation

Emotional Baker signs opioid legislation

Governor calls measure most comprehensive in country

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE An emotional Gov. Charlie Baker fought back tears Monday as he recounted the stories he’s heard from the parents of young people who have died from drug overdoses and letters he received from students at North Shore Recovery High School, detailing their “heartbreaking stories of addiction and loss.” “This is truthfully(...)

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House passes ride-sharing legislation

House passes ride-sharing legislation

Taxi industry and Uber, Lyft voice complaints about bill

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Despite concerns raised by both taxi drivers and the newer app-based ride companies competing with them for passengers, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill establishing a regulatory structure for the ride-for-hire industry. The legislation, which now moves to the Senate, creates a state division to oversee transportation network(...)

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Lawmakers hear testimony on pot legalization

Lawmakers hear testimony on pot legalization

Is marijuana harmless or the first step on a ladder to harder drugs?

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Activists in favor of the legalization of the adult use of marijuana squared off Monday with law enforcement officials and legislators in what one activist called “the eruption, at long last, of the first-ever public debate about marijuana in Massachusetts.” The Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on the statutory(...)

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Pike open-road tolling moving into place

Pike open-road tolling moving into place

Overhead gantries are going up, replacing booths

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Massachusetts drivers can expect to see a lot more technology on the roads later this year when the Department of Transportation begins to roll out its all-electronic tolling program and a new real-time traffic management system. The most immediately noticeable change, especially for anyone who travels the Massachusetts Turnpike, will be(...)

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Rep: Millions in tax credits go out of state

Rep: Millions in tax credits go out of state

Ehrlich pushes bill to restrict earned income tax credit to residents

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Massachusetts sends more than $5 million out of state every year to more than 20,000 people who live elsewhere but receive the state earned income tax credit, a North Shore representative said Tuesday. And with the recent expansion of the tax credit, Massachusetts could soon be sending $7.67 million to residents(...)

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Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

The bill must be meshed with less-stringent House version

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT ADVANCES in current technology has rendered the decades-old law ineffective, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a public records reform bill updating the statute governing access to public documents for the first time roughly 40 years. By a unanimous vote, the bill that supporters said would strengthen access to(...)

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